Community Outreach
Thursday, January 11th, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm

The perfect setting for this workshop is the beautiful landscape of the Morikami Museum and Gardens. The festival returns for the 12th year to explore this poetic form with Yaddyra Peralta, who will lead participants to be inspired by the form and their surroundings. Participants will learn the basics of the Japanese literary form of haiku and haibun, a combination of prose and haiku. Participants will look at a brief history of the haibun and examine various examples, with a focus on the work of haiku master Kobyahsi Issa whose work is known both for its humanism and its sense … Read more >

Sunday, October 1st, 2017 - Friday, December 1st, 2017

The Palm Beach Poetry Festival invites all Palm Beach County High School Students to send in one original poem. The winner will receive $200 and a pair of tickets to the Sizzling Spoken Word Performance Event featuring Elizabeth Acevedo and G Yamazawa The four runners up will each receive $100 and a pair of tickets to Sizzling Spoken Word Performance Event All winners receive a one-year subscription to Poets and Writers Literary Journal All of the prize-winning poems will be posted on the festival website: palmbeachpoetryfestival.org and will be included in press releases Prize winners will be invited to participate … Read more >

Saturday, September 30th, 2017 3:30pm - 6:30pm

The public is invited to participate in what could be the largest poetry reading in history. The Palm Beach Poetry Festival is hosting this annual open-mic event in partnership with 100 Thousand Poets for Change. This global happening will be taking place at the same time in over 1,000 venues in 118 countries. Poets will read and perform work to promote social, political, environmental sustainability, and change, simultaneously across the planet. Attendees are welcome to read their own work or favorite poems by other poets. Between poetry readings, special guest musicians will play songs for peace. Attendees are welcome to play … Read more >

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 12:30pm - 2:30pm

We hope you will join us for our eleventh year of this much loved and well-attended quarterly event at Green Cay Wetlands. We will spend a lovely afternoon reading poetry round-robin style in the Green Cay Club House Community Room. Please bring up to four poems (favorites, or your own) to share with the group. Please be prompt as we will start to read at 12:30. Feel free to invite guests, we love an audience! The room can be very cool, please bring a wrap, sweater or jacket for your comfort. Read more >

Thursday, June 1st, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am

Save the Date to join us in spreading the love of poetry in summertime, and the living is easy reading at Sunrise Assisted Living Facility. Our poetry troupe will take to the mic to read poems of summer and, if the mood strikes, sing happy songs of yesteryear. Please bring 5 (one-page) poems, your own or your favorites. Feel free to sing some golden oldie songs as this group responds to the lyrics and poetry of music! Sunrise always has a large audience to welcome us, so join us for this rewarding experience. This event will be held in the furthest building to the right of the … Read more >

Thursday, April 27th, 2017 7:00pm - 9:30pm

From Academy Award® winning writer/director Jane Campion (Best Original Screenplay, The Piano, 1993) comes an film based on the true story of love between renowned poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw, The International) and his spirited muse Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish, Stop-Loss). In the wilds of 19th century England, a forbidden passion draws the two lovers ever closer—even as fate conspires to tear them apart. Bright Star takes you to a world where, though life may be fleeting, great art – and great love – last forever. Hosted by Professor Bonnie Bonincontri   Bonnie Bonincontri is an assistant professor teaching writing in … Read more >

Thursday, April 13th, 2017 7:00pm - 9:30pm

With John Childrey 1999’s Midsummer Night’s Dream is an delightful adaptation of Shakespeare’s magical comedy. This film version appears to follow word for word Shakespeare’s original masterpiece, only exchanging the time and place of the story from classical Athens to the village of Monte Athena, Italy, at the turn of the Nineteenth Century as the setting for this enchanting version of William Shakespeare’s play, directed by Michael Hoffman. Professsor John Childrey calls many places home as he lived in Richmond (VA), Littleton (NC), Concrete (WA) and Savannah (GA), Charlottesville (VA), Lynchburg (VA), West Lafayette (IN) and since 1977, Coral Springs (FL).  A college … Read more >

Saturday, April 1st, 2017 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Please join the Palm Beach Poetry Festival as we celebrate and support our local Creative Writing MFA programs. Professors and students from FAU and FIU will gather together for an afternoon of fabulous poetry. Come and hear established and up-and-coming poets, read and perform at this 2nd Annual Program.  The Crest Theater can be cool, so please bring a light jacket or wrap.     Florida Atlantic University (FAU) MFA Program Poets: Professor Becka Mara McKay Director of the MFA in Creative Writing at Florida Atlantic University Instructors: Nico Cassanetti and James White Students: Nicholas Becher, Caitlyn Davidheiser, Kira Geiger, Jeanette Geraci, Rebecca Jensen, Kathleen Martin, Kathryn McLaughlin, Craig Ryan, Brittany Rigdon, and Trina Sutton Florida International University … Read more >

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Save the date! We hope you will join us for our Eleventh year of this much loved and well attended quarterly event. We will spend a lovely afternoon reading poetry round-robin style in Green Cay Club House Community Room. Please bring up to four poems (favorites, or your own) to share with the group. Please be prompt as we will start to read at 12:30. The room can be very cool, so please bring a wrap, sweater or jacket for your comfort.   Read more >

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 6:00pm - 8:30pm

The Palm Beach Poetry Festival in collaboration with the Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches would like to invite you to an over-the-moon poetry reading! While observing of the moon and stars, we will be reading poetry round-robin style. You are invited to bring up to three single-page poems on the subject of the solar system: planets, moon and stars. The poems can be your own work, or your favorites of other poets relating to the night sky. We will read as many poems as time permits. While a poet is reading, others can view the night sky through the telescopes provided … Read more >